How Maulana Kejriwal Stoked Delhi's Communal Cauldron

Picture Credit: Abhijit Majumder

Several news media establishments were gloating over the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) victory, and making pointed references to Hanumana bhakti of Arvind Kejriwal. References were being made about Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) being happy about this demonstration of Hindu-ness by Arvind Kejriwal.

Truth, however, could not be farther away from facts. Arvind Kejriwal and AAP indulged in minority appeasement and communal polarization to secure minority votes in Delhi. They seemed to have repeatedly engaged tactics to fan communal passions, both in Delhi and in Punjab. Here are some instances that highlight their efforts. Frankly, this emboldening came at the back of the continued hankering for Muslim votes. Kejriwal left no stone unturned with his tacit involvement, a few instances of which are shown below

July 2014 - Posters came up in Okhla with Arvind Kejriwal’s photos, saying he will ensure a re-investigation of the Batla House encounter. Kejriwal denied it at the time, even questioning the police about its inaction against Amanatullah who was putting up the posters.

February 2015 – Amanatullah Khan, after coming to power, demanded re-investigation into Batla House encounter, put up posters.

March 2016 – Amanatullah Khan booked for hate speech, asked for the releasing a cleric arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on suspicion of having Islamic State links.

January 2019 - Arvind Kejriwal announces salary hike for Imams of all mosques in Delhi

July 2019 – Hauz Qazi Durga temple of Old Delhi was vandalized. AAP MLA Imran Hussain was accused of instigating the mob that undertook this provocative action. However, the party took no action against Hussain.

December 2019 – Seelampur – Abdul Rehman who led violent anti-CAA crowds in the Seelampur Jaffrabad region, was rewarded with an election ticket by Arvind Kejriwal's party. I do not know any other way to read this story.

December 2019 – Manish Sisodia spread fake news, accused Delhi Police of setting bus on fire to deflect criticism from their core votebank, who had indulged in blatant rioting that month in and around Jamia Nagar, Nizamuddin and Bathla House.

December 2019 – Despite the Shaheen Bagh instigation by Amanatullah Khan was again given the ticket for this place like Abdul Rehman.

Such actions only embolden the virulent anarchist elements. Had Kejriwal been truly serious about governance, such minority appeasement actions would never have occured.



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